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Lavender and Spike Lavender: Learn the Difference and Make a Body Oil!

by Andrea Butje on April 18, 2016

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Have you ever made a blend with both Lavender and Spike Lavender essential oils?

Lavender is Lavandula angustifolia, and Spike Lavender is Lavandula latifolia.

Lavender and Spike Lavender both have beautiful floral aromas, are nourishing for skin, and are great for soothing muscles. They have a lot of similarities, but they’re also very different. 

I reach for true Lavender when I want my mind and body both to relax.

I reach for Spike Lavender when I want to encourage gentle movement, focus, and concentration. When I open a bottle of Spike Lavender, I notice aromatic notes that are a little reminiscent of Eucalyptus—open, fresh, and bright!

Why do they have these therapeutic differences? It has to do with essential oil chemistry.

Lavender and Spike Lavender are great examples of why it’s so helpful for Aromatherapists to understand the chemistry of essential oils.

Here's a recipe for a luxurious body oil! It combines the talents of true Lavender and Spike Lavender, while letting Spike Lavender’s special ability to support movement shine through.

Lavender and Spike Lavender Body Bliss Oil

  • 1 oz (30 ml) Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
  • 5 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 7 drops Spike Lavender (Lavandula latifolia)

Make your body oil in a 1 oz (30 ml) glass bottle. You can use it as a moisturizer, or as a muscle massage if you’re feeling achy and sore. Try it after a hard workout or a day of hiking.

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Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

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